For 20 years we have worked tirelessly with families addressing many inequalities. Our goal is to protect all daughters from FGM and teenage pregnancy so they can finish school giving them better options in life; all sons to have the tools and direction they need to grow into responsible men; all mothers to be safe in pregnancy and childbirth; all parents to have opportunities for growth and empowerment and all health workers to have what they need to look after the families in their care.
The pandemic has highlighted many inequalities. Handwashing is critical but homes don't have running water & soap is a luxury. Prices are rising and without financial support families are hungry. We believe stronger women make stronger communities but now girls and women are more vulnerable with higher rates of teenage pregnancy, FGM, physical violence, no access to reproductive healthcare. Inequality threatens pandemic recovery and the poverty cycle continues to the next generation.
Working in Kenya for 20 years delivering programmes and developing tools to challenge inequality we see change happening. Bringing people together is what we do best. When people gather and talk they learn they are not alone. Equipped with knowledge about sexual and reproductive health, running a business, lifeskills, saying NO to FGM they take charge of their future and challenge inequality. Health systems grow stronger with clean water, trained health care workers, PPE and vaccinations.
Change does not come overnight but slowly with each person, household, volunteer and donor it grows. Evidence of the impact of 20 years of trust and strong partnerships is seen in our COVID-19 emergency response when 2,784 volunteers from the community reached 924,626 people with help they would not have had otherwise. Our focus on supporting girls and women while involving boys and men in the process addresses inequalities, creates lasting change and lifts communities out of poverty.